Nancy Zucker, Ph.D.
Director, Duke Center for Eating Disorders
Dr. Zucker is Founder and Director of the Duke Center for Eating Disorders (DCED), an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University.
The DCED, under her leadership, is striving to distinguish itself in two primary ways. The Center strives to be one of the foremost Centers in the country for:
The creation of state-of-art treatments for individuals with eating disorders and
The delivery of these treatments to individuals with eating disorders.
One of the core missions of the Center is to find ways to deliver state-of-the-art care within the home, while finding ways to minimize the stress placed on families. To help achieve these visions, Dr. Zucker’s research addresses these same goals. Specifically, she tries to understand how individuals learn to decode the signals from their body (e.g., like hunger pains or gut butterflies) and how they come to use (or not use) those body signals to help them make effective decisions (e.g., like eating when hungry) and learn to trust themselves. Thus, many of the treatments developed at the Center help individuals and their families to get better at, and more comfortable with, experiencing all the confusing messages their bodies may send – from fatigue, to emotional pain. She views that helping individuals to live effectively in their bodies is one of the cornerstones of eating disorder treatments.